July 20, 2011 4:21pm PT by Lacey Rose
Katie Couric to Guest Host 'The View'
Katie Couric has been tapped to guest co-host ABC's chat-fest The View on Aug. 3.
The announcement follows the former CBS News anchor's decision to join ABC as a syndicated talk show host and sometimes news contributor last month. In fact, offering the latter was a critical piece to nabbing Couric, who considers herself a journalist first.
As part of her rich deal at the Disney-owned network, she will be anchoring specials, contributing interviews and participating in special events coverage across ABC's dayparts.
To kick it off with The View is particularly fitting. After some 15 years at NBC's Today, Couric is no stranger to morning show banter -- and softening her image with lighter fare is an important piece of marketing as Couric readies for her talk show premiere next fall.